The American Academy of Optometry stresses the importance of using correct contact lenses. Doing so ensures the health and safety of your eyes. Many people find wearing eyeglasses tedious and bothersome. With contact lenses, you can socialize and even engage in some outdoor activities without worrying about breaking your eyeglass lenses. If you want to find out how to find the right contact lenses, here’s what you should know.
You should always keep your routine eye exam appointments. This is the only way your eye doctor can determine your eye condition and finalize your lens prescription. With the correct type of contacts, you can be certain that your vision can improve significantly.
Talk to your eye doctor. Understand the contact lenses available for your eye and vision needs. Here are some of the contact lenses you can consider:
Colored contacts. These lenses can change your eye color. Colored contacts can be purely cosmetic. Yet, they can also be incorporated into corrective contact lenses if it is possible in your case.
Daily wear contact lenses. These are affordable contact lenses. If you choose daily wear contact lenses, you should disinfect them each night and replace them on time.
Disposable contacts. These lenses don’t need maintenance because you throw them away after every use. They tend to cost more because you must replace them daily. If you have sensitivities, these are the contact lenses for you.
Extended wear contact lenses. You can wear these lenses overnight, but you should take them off at least once every week for disinfection and cleaning. Experts say that these lenses make you prone to corneal infection.
Multifocal Lenses. These lenses can help you if you have presbyopia. Older people who have trouble focusing on objects benefit from either bifocal or multifocal contact lenses.
Toric contact lenses. These lenses can help people with astigmatism. Toric lenses are costlier than other contact lenses.
Soft lenses. These lenses are soft and flexible. They are also healthier because they let oxygen enter your cornea.
Rigid gas-permeable or RGP contact lenses. These are stronger and more resistant to the buildup of deposits. They also give you crisper vision. Although RGPs are not as comfortable as soft contacts, they last longer. It may take a while before you get used to wearing these lenses.
Ortho-K (orthokeratology) lenses. The overnight type of ortho-K lenses is the one you can wear each night. These lenses reshape your cornea while you sleep. During your waking hours, you don’t have to wear them or any other corrective contacts or eyeglasses anymore.
Working with your eye care provider can help you choose the contact lenses that are suitable for your optic health needs. At Eye Care Center, we always help our patients achieve optimal eye and vision health through our comprehensive tests and treatments. Please visit our clinics in Fridley, Maplewood, and Maple Grove, Minnesota, for an in-person consultation. You can also call us at 763-308-8440 (Fridley), 651-777-3555 (Maplewood), or 763-420-6981 (Maple Grove). We can help schedule your appointment or answer your questions about our available contact lens packages.